Bangkok Airways is reducing its fleet to 30 aircraft and fears it will have to lay off more people next year. The airline hoped for a loan from the Thai state of five billion baht (134 million euros), but it failed to materialize.
In an interview with the Bangkok Post newspaper, Bangkok Airways CEO Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth says that the fleet reduction will save his airline ten million euros per plane per year.
Bangkok Airways currently has 36 aircraft in the air: fourteen A319-100s, nine A320-200s and thirteen ATR72-600s.
The airline has laid off 30 per cent of its employees during the pandemic. Prasarttong-Osoth: “The government does not want to support the aviation sector because it could be seen as discrimination against other industries, which are also suffering from the pandemic.”
In the first three quarters of 2021, the company converted 57.5 per cent less than a year earlier. The number of passengers decreased by 88.3 per cent. This was the result of a third corona wave in Thailand, after which the government imposed severe travel restrictions on the population from July to August 2021.
Bangkok Airways resumed domestic flights from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Lampang and Phuket in September.
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